Posts Tagged ‘planning with kids’

Weekly Menu Plan with Gluten Free Meal Ideas

October 24, 2011 1 comment

Did you see my Planning With Kids book giveaway? In celebration of this I thought I would do this weeks meal plan with the help of Nicole’s free menu planner. Have you seen this yet? It’s really handy and useful especially if you are new to menu planning and don’t know where to start.

Weekly Menu Plan

MondayMarinated Chicken Sticks – I make my own with honey, soy and garlic. Sundried Tomato and Fetta Quinoa for me. (its gluten free)

TuesdayMexibake – using red kidney beans and gluten free pasta sauce to make it vegetarian and gluten free.

WednesdayTuna Carbonara – just make it with gluten free pasta for me

ThursdaySlow Cooker Rogan Josh served with rice

FridayBaked Potatoes – love these as can tailor to the boys tastes and make gluten free for me

Saturday – Pumpkin and Feta Risotto – this recipe you will find through the menu planner and is gluten free as long as you use the right stock.

Sunday – Simple Supper Night

I am linking up with Org Junkie and Menu Plan Monday

Have a great week


Planning With Kids Book Review and Giveaway!

October 24, 2011 54 comments

The last time I was ill my hubby got me a surprise as I was feeling so down, he come home one day after visiting the shops and had a little surprise for me… it was the Planning with Kids book!

Planning With Kids is a book written by Nicole Avery, she  also writes at the blog with the same name.

Nicole needs little introduction in the blogger sphere. Her blog is one of the most popular Australian blogs, as well as writing the book, she has also helped organise 2 conferences, has appeared on The Circle twice and has had many speaking engagements.

As well as all of this, she is a wife and a mum to 5 kids! In her book she shares all of her planning and organising secrets, as well as tips and tricks on dealing with kids during different stages and even how to do a family budget.

Once you have read the book, I can understand that you may feel overwhelmed. Nicole has so many wonderful ways to help get organised, you may not know where to start first! But I love that Nicole herself says that she started small and just started with menu planning. Then once you feel comfortable with that then implement something else.

So I have taken that advice. As you all know I am a menu planner already and I love it. To know what you are cooking each day and have that stuff in the fridge/pantry already is such a life saver. So I know that its time to implement something else.

And I did. I have started a cleaning routine as per Nicole’s advice in the book. As boring as it sounds, its great because every Monday I clean the basins and showers, (for example) it takes next to no time as I do it every Monday and it makes me feel better because the cleaning is up to date.

The next thing I want to implement is the way Nicole does the family budget. I do one already, but is a simple spreadsheet but the way Nicole sets theirs up is brilliant and it shows you exactly where you are so you know. It sounds a little scary but Nicole explains it in such a way that you know that you can do it yourself.

The tips don’t stop there! Nicole shares her different routines for mornings and evenings, how to prepare for Christmas,preparing for the holidays, getting yourself some me time and much much more.

When I told Nicole I had bought her book and loved it so much that I had to write a review on it for you all, she offered to give one of my readers one in a giveaway! How lovely of her.

Giveaway Details

  • Giveaway is for one copy of the Planning with Kids by Nicole Avery book, RRP$29.95
  • To enter, simply comment on this post
  • One entry per person
  • Australian postal addresses only
  • Giveaway ends midnight Sunday 30th October 2011 AEDT
  • Winner randomly drawn via ‘And the Winner Is.. ‘ plugin
  • Winner will be emailed by me

If you don’t happen to win the giveaway, you can get this wonderful book via Nicole’s blog or from bookstores, Big W or Target.

Also I am linking up with Three ‘Lil Princess and the Aussie Giveaway Link-Up

Aussie Giveaway Linky
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